I received this email from a new friend of mine and thought that it is something that we might all do to make a little boy happy. He is not asking for any money… just some folded airplanes. Here is part of that forwarded email:
From: Monica Simons
Subject: Please read this email – Paying it Forward for a 5 year old cancer patient and his quest
Hi Everyone! I have a very special favor to ask each and everyone of you. This past Saturday JT and I met Hunter at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo . After meeting him I knew I had to help his quest. I had heard about his quest Thursday before we met by chance on Saturday. All I can say is that he and his family are very strong and getting Hunter to talk about his airplanes is the one thing that keeps his hopes up and the drive to get through the next several weeks so he can go home and see all the places people have sent airplanes from. With that being said, please read the information below, pass this email along to everyone you know and lets help Hunter get into the Guiness Book of World Records! Pay it Forward People…..
Hunter Winship is a 5 year old boy from Fillmore , New York . He is in Kindergarten. Hunter’s wish is to make it into the Guiness Book of Records for recieving the most paper airplanes. JT and I had the pleasure of meeting Hunter on Feb. 2nd and after talking with him I felt I had to help spread the word. He is a very courageous young man. Hunter was diagnosed with rare form of cancer called Burkitts cancer. It only affects about 300 children a year between the ages of 2-11. Burkitts is one of the fastest growing tumors. Hunter went to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo on Jan. 25th with the tumor being the size of a tennis ball. By the following Monday the tumor had grown to the size of a cantalope. Hunter was started on chemo and the treatment shut down his kidneys and then his liver started failing. Then on Monday he told his mom that he could not see very well and then he quit breathing. Hunter has had tubes placed down his throat, nose and tubes in his arms and toes. He has swelling in the brain due to high blood pressure. When Hunter went into the hospital he weighed 40 pounds and as of writing this email he weighs about 70 poounds due to the fluid build up. Hunter is in intensive care and is stable. All Hunter needs from you is a paper airplane. All you need to do is to make a paper airplane and put the state where you are from on it or the country you are from on the wing. Then send it to…..
The Airplane Cancer Goal
11227 North Hill Road
Freedom, NY 14065
United States of America
Please help this little boy reach his dream of being in the Guiness Book of World Records. He is a terrific little guy and I told him I lots of friends that I would email and ask for help. His mom was very appreciative. It took all I had to keep from crying but his mom reassured me Hunter looks forward to going home and seeing all those airplanes from all over the world. Please help us help Hunter! God Bless…. Monica and JT
This is a wonderful project to allow a wee bit of joy into their lives. Thanks for your time. If you are not familiar with the term or movie called “Pay It forward”… it was one of my all time favorites. Here are a couple of links…
P.S. The movie “Pay It Foward” was one of my all time favorites. If you have not seen the movie, here are a couple of clips from the movie.
Here are some of the current news storys with photos of Hunter…
Channel 4 Article
From the article…….
‘And one of the only things better than setting the plane record are the results of Hunter’s first chemo treatment. “They wanted tumor depreciated by 20 percent. He actually lost 50 percent.” Young Hunter’s prognosis is very promising. Chances are he’ll grow up to set more records, possibly with a real plane.’
Mrs. Wilkowlowski’s class at Cleveland Hill High School started making paper airplanes for the boy in Freedom this morning. By the end of 2nd Period, they had 500. News traveled to the art classes, where the teacher, Miss Paternostro, allowed the students to abandon their class work to make more airplanes to support the cause. Senior and Valedictorian, Kerry Michelsen, relayed the story to her classmates in Economics class, and Mr. Haley, their teacher, said the kids could make the planes out of the test papers they were supposed to take, while Kerry took the test for the entire class. (everyone would get the grade she got in lieu of making paper airplanes) She got 28/30 as a grade for their efforts.